Melissa Bennett (Umatilla/Nimiipuu/Sac & Fox/Anishinaabe) is interested in story as medicine, especially its ability to heal historical trauma among indigenous communities. She writes with a focus on social justice, culture, tradition, and spirituality. 


Publications

Liberation and Indian Hair - Indigenous Goddess Gang, Word to Your Mother. May 2018.

Trauma - Survivance, Vol. II: Indigenous Poesis. R.I.S.E. Radical Indigenous Survivance & Empowerment. July 2016. And Indigenous Goddess Gang, Word to Your Mother. May 2018.

Night Poem - Survivance, Vol. II: Indigenous Poesis. R.I.S.E. Radical Indigenous Survivance & Empowerment. July 2016.

Boys and Coyotes - Survivance, Vol. II: Indigenous Poesis. R.I.S.E. Radical Indigenous Survivance & Empowerment. July 2016.

FSU Goes to the Rose Bowl - Yellow Medicine Review: A Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art, & Thought. Fall 2015. Also appeared in Native News Online. January 2015. And Survivance: Indigenous Poesis. January 2015. 

August 11th at Mabel's Yellow Medicine Review. Fall 2015. 

Neverland - Four Winds: A Native American Literary Journal. Taking Back Tiger Lily. Summer 2015. 

The Stories are Changing - Yellow Medicine Review. Fall 2014. 

Church of Frida - Yellow Medicine Review. Fall 2013. 

With My Blood - Yukhika-latuhste: She Tells Us Stories. Oneida Nation Arts Program. 2012. Also appeared in Survivance: Indigenous Poesis. January 2015. 

Agreeing to Pain - The Woman I've Become. Ed. Pat LaPointe. Pixelita Press. 2012.  


Awards

The Evergreen State College Longhouse Native Creative Development Grant - The Longhouse Education and Cultural Center recognizes the importance of supporting the arts at the source - by supporting artists themselves. Each year, the Longhouse awards funding to Native artists working in a variety of media to create new work, gain skills, acquire tools and materials, pass along cultural knowledge, and much more. Awarded funds to attend a summer writing workshop and purchase a laptop to begin writing a book of poetry. 

Pushcart Prize Nomination - an American literary prize by Pushcart Press that honors the best "poetry, short fiction, essays or literary whatnot" published in the small presses over the previous year. Nominated in 2015 by Judy Wilson, editor of Yellow Medicine Review for "FSU Goes to the Rose Bowl."  

Pushcart Prize Nomination - Nominated in 2013 by Judy Wilson, editor of Yellow Medicine Review for "Church of Frida." 


Memberships & Affiliations

Macondo Writers Workshop - an association of socially-engaged writers united to advance creativity, foster generosity, and honor community. A master’s level workshop for writers working on geographic, cultural, economic, social and spiritual borders. Begun in 1998 by writer Sandra Cisneros the workshop is a space of intense artistic and cultural creativity.

Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (MALCS) - a professional organization for self-identified Chicana, Latina, Native American/Indígena mujeres and gender non-conforming academics, students, and activists that actively works to create, promote, and support an inclusive education pipeline. MALCS recognizes that scholarly and activist endeavors are part of a holistic approach that includes creative, spiritual, and communal production and thought.